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Thanks from teen accident victim

Dear Editor,

As most of you know, Jan. 4 was a life-changing day for my family and me. On Jan. 4 I was in a car accident on Interstate 70 which left me paralyzed from the waist down. I am writing this letter to you because of one man who I know now as my guardian angel; his name is Lonnie Stanley, also known as “Gator.” I was pinned under the truck, and of the many people traveling I-70, he stopped to call 911 and stayed with me until my family was able to be with me. For this heroic effort I am thankful. Thank you, Gator!

As for now I have been attending rehab at Craig Rehabilitation Hospital in Denver. I spend most of my days in therapy, working hard so that I am able to come home and live independently in a wheel chair. Although I am convinced and praying every night that I will only need the wheel chair for a short time.



This change in my life was hard to deal with, the only thought wandering through my mind was, why me? I could not have gotten through this large obstacle in my life it weren’t for the support of my family, my friends, and my good friends throughout the community. Many times I hated living in a small town, but it is the difficult times, or the times when one is in need, when the community is going to be the first to lend a helping hand. I want to thank everyone who has helped my family and me out in every way. On days that I would get down, I would think of the people that have supported us through these rough times, and it is a big push for me to try hard and keep my head up.

I want to thank you all. There are so many that have taken time out of their busy lives, started or supported benefits, or who took the time to send gifts, flowers, a card or even a prayer. I thank you all and look forward to coming home March 15. Thank You.



Thank You,

Kasie Burtard


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